If it’s too hot for you to go without shoes, chances are it’s too hot for your dog as well. As the summer heat rises, so does the chance of injury and burns on your dog's sweet little feet.
Some dogs are more sensitive than others and will let you know the ground is too hot - our French Bulldog does what we like to call “shadow hopping” when the ground gets to hot for him: he will quickly find the nearest car or bush to walk under, cooling his feet in the shade. This is our sign that it is too hot for him and that a walk would be better suited to another time of day. Other dogs, like our doodle will suffer through the heat and pain in the excitement of their walk, or just to be with you.
The best thing you can do is know your dog and use your best judgement, but here are some other tips to help you beat the summer heat and keep your dog's pads safe!
Signs of Burnt Paws
If you think your dog’s paws might be burnt, or there are signs of open wounds, always consult a veterinarian. They may require antibiotics, pain killers and bandaging depending on the severity of the burn. If kept off of the injury, they will typically make a full recovery, but it can be challenging to keep your dog from re-injuring himself until it’s fully healed.
It might feel disappointing to limit your dog’s summer activities, but with a little planning, good timing and preparation, you and your dog can have a fun, safe and happy summer together.
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